Recovery
A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery-This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud...My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse.- --Russell BrandWith a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction--from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity. He believes that the question is not -Why are you addicted?- but -What pain is your addiction masking? Why are you running--into the wrong job, the wrong life, the wrong person's arms?-Russell has been in all the twelve-step fellowships going, he's started his own men's group, he's a therapy regular and a practiced yogi--and while he's worked on this material as part of his comedy and previous bestsellers, he's never before shared the tools that really took him out of it, that keep him clean and clear. Here he provides not only a recovery plan, but an attempt to make sense of the ailing world.

Recovery Details

TitleRecovery
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
ISBN-139781250141927
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Self Help, Biography Memoir, Spirituality, Health, Biography

Recovery Review

  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an absolute must read, and the new "Under the Skin" podcast (subscribe here! subscribe here!) is a must hear. Rusty you blimey done it again mate, I can't turn me head round without you breaking more barriers between us Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an absolute must read, and the new "Under the Skin" podcast (subscribe here! subscribe here!) is a must hear. Rusty you blimey done it again mate, I can't turn me head round without you breaking more barriers between us and a total universal collective consciousness!! Love you Russ! Muah!
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  • Mustafa Hameed
    January 1, 1970
    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easy put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it have wider appeal. If you suffer from addictions of any kind, its definitely worth a read.
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  • Kate Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you continually make that cause you unhappiness and how you go about re-programming your mind to avoid making them in future. Don't think that this book just applies to the well known "serious" addictions of alcohol, drugs, If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you continually make that cause you unhappiness and how you go about re-programming your mind to avoid making them in future. Don't think that this book just applies to the well known "serious" addictions of alcohol, drugs, sex etc; Russell Brand argues that anyone who regularly feels anxious, not good enough, overwhelmed etc is on the addiction spectrum and can be helped by following this programme. After reading, I tend to agree and intend to re-read and follow the programme. Above anything else, what I loved most about this book was how practical it was; there was no "if you're feeling depressed, try not to be depressed" aspect to this book and instead exercises that enable proper self-reflection and hard work. I know following this programme isn't going to be easy but thanks to this book, I feel a real sense of hope that change is possible and that things don't have to stay as they are.
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  • Christine Jolley
    January 1, 1970
    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom.
  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sheet of paper is 2 tiny spaces, your mind reels with the thoughts that could fill pages... She simply tells him what a survivor he is to have found drugs. Think about that. 5 *'s? Sure. When an author expresses hims There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sheet of paper is 2 tiny spaces, your mind reels with the thoughts that could fill pages... She simply tells him what a survivor he is to have found drugs. Think about that. 5 *'s? Sure. When an author expresses himself with such sincerity, intimacy, and intelligence -- I am inclined to feel gratitude for the shared experience. (And never has the phrase "F*ed up* sounded so proper.) I also thought Brand's definition of addiction and how that broadened interpretation fit into our current world was significant. I bought this book (and the audio version which is narrated by Brand) to expand my understanding of addictions and recovery, and also as a reader that has experience with the subject professionally and within my family that is always looking to better understand. I've read extensively on the subject, lived with it, and worked with addicts. And I think that sadly, that has become the norm.Brand doesn't give us anything new here other than his own experience and testimony of the 12-Step program, but he does it with more insight, expanding the concept of *Higher Power* with wisdom and his own comedic touch. He applies the 12-steps to a wide variety of the obstacles that might be keeping us from being the person we are meant to be (drugs, alcohol, food, anger, selfishness, depression, etc.). Rather than just educating myself, I came away with a desire to improve myself and be a little more at peace in my environment, and a little enlightenment. Some clinicians argue against the 12 Step program concerned that a participant would only be replacing one addiction with another...I think Brand gives an eloquent argument against that opinion.Brand has walked that razor-thin edge most of his life and knows the struggle very personally. This is a more than just his story fit into a guidebook, more than just another life preserver thrown out to those sinking. Brand seems to jump in and buoy up the drowning, and I am convinced he'd do just that. It's a fervent plea to those struggling under their own destructive burdens not to give up. By sharing his detailed journey, the hidden pains and the glorious celebration of the birth of his daughter, he is convincing that it's possible to not only gain back wellness but to be embraced by a world where you are an integral part of a journey toward being F-ing magnificent. *It's Russell Brand...uncensored. It's intelligent, heartfelt, endearing, very funny, and maybe a *thank you for Life* written to the author's own Higher Power.
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  • Robin Drew
    January 1, 1970
    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I can listen to him on the way to school. I wish he would create a meditation CD as his voice is calming! I highly recommend this book! ❤
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  • Noran Azmy
    January 1, 1970
    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I'm not sure if it's entirely fair that I took a star away from this book; even in its beautiful prose, it's far from perfect, but it's still perfectly marvelous. Recommended to any human being.
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  • Lia
    January 1, 1970
    started well, fizzled out at the end.I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist.Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago.This started strong, with easy to understand, instantly engaging outlines of the 12-step as favoured by many AA type programmes. I cannot pinpoint what brought it down in rating for me, however I feel towards the end it was Brand's humour and started well, fizzled out at the end.I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist.Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago.This started strong, with easy to understand, instantly engaging outlines of the 12-step as favoured by many AA type programmes. I cannot pinpoint what brought it down in rating for me, however I feel towards the end it was Brand's humour and wit that kept me engaged not the subject matter itself. A good starting point for anyone seeking help with addictions, whether for themselves or for someone they love.I strongly recommend listening to it on audio book, to experience the brilliant madness of the author in real time narration.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks for the generous help, Russell!
  • Mohammad Javad
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read.
  • Máté
    January 1, 1970
    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life.
  • Spencer Gallagher
    January 1, 1970
    Inspiring.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5
  • Julie Gray
    January 1, 1970
    If you're a fan of Russell Brand, you'll enjoy this book and indeed find gems of empowerment and hope within its pages. You keep thinking to yourself - well, *I'm* no heroin addict or alcoholic, how does this book apply to me? But it's helpful for anybody who wishes to have more of a feeling of control and agency in their lives related to any number of behaviors or habits. For the savvy self-help reader, this book might seem like a warmed-over rehash and you wouldn't be wrong about that. But it' If you're a fan of Russell Brand, you'll enjoy this book and indeed find gems of empowerment and hope within its pages. You keep thinking to yourself - well, *I'm* no heroin addict or alcoholic, how does this book apply to me? But it's helpful for anybody who wishes to have more of a feeling of control and agency in their lives related to any number of behaviors or habits. For the savvy self-help reader, this book might seem like a warmed-over rehash and you wouldn't be wrong about that. But it's all thoroughly quirky because it's Russell Brand. There was one chapter that was absolutely urban guerilla poetry and that was worth the whole book to me. After awhile, one does get a bit restless; one of the bottom lines is that Russell has only recently discovered the incredible intimacy and primacy of real friendship and it's quite touching - but he seems to feels he's invented it, which is a bit annoying. Brand admits, multiply, that he's addicted to fame (among many other things) and by reading this book you'll see that this is something he still struggles with, bless him. On the other hand, he once again puts himself on the line in this book and I think there's something pretty great about his intentions.
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  • Lee Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This is Russell Brand's own reworking of AA's Twelve Steps. I thought it might help cure me of my cellphone/Twitter addiction (which is literally making me ill in this Trump era), but I decided I didn't have the energy to go as deep as this requires, or maybe I just don't want to quit. Anyway, if you're familiar with Brand's hyper-literate style, as I am, having read most of his previous books, you'll find he has changed somewhat from his previous book, Revolution, in which he misguidedly gave h This is Russell Brand's own reworking of AA's Twelve Steps. I thought it might help cure me of my cellphone/Twitter addiction (which is literally making me ill in this Trump era), but I decided I didn't have the energy to go as deep as this requires, or maybe I just don't want to quit. Anyway, if you're familiar with Brand's hyper-literate style, as I am, having read most of his previous books, you'll find he has changed somewhat from his previous book, Revolution, in which he misguidedly gave his ideas on how to change the world. It is interesting to see how he continues to work the 12 Steps, such as when he recognized the political video series he was doing, The Trews, had devolved into an ego trip, and he had to quit to prevent himself from sliding into bad behaviors. I continue to be interested in what he does next, so I'll probably keep reading.
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  • Amir Meysami
    January 1, 1970
    A great book. Principles outlined in the book could be applied to anyone seeking improvement and more self-awareness. One of the interesting and fundamental points of the book that I really enjoyed was how Russell explained that we all live based on a default program. A program based on our upbringing, the conditioning of our surroundings, our perceived deficiencies and imperfections etc. In order for any real fundamental change to happen, we need to first become aware of our default programming A great book. Principles outlined in the book could be applied to anyone seeking improvement and more self-awareness. One of the interesting and fundamental points of the book that I really enjoyed was how Russell explained that we all live based on a default program. A program based on our upbringing, the conditioning of our surroundings, our perceived deficiencies and imperfections etc. In order for any real fundamental change to happen, we need to first become aware of our default programming and then seek to change it as necessary. This cannot be achieved unless we have the courage to look within ourselves and dig deep.
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  • John Coughran
    January 1, 1970
    Conceptually, there is nothing new here. But that’s not really the point. What is here is a beautifully personal distillation of the standard 12-step program for addiction, given by a very intelligent and insightful man in a deeply honest and human way. Brand’s viewpoint of the world and his path through addiction is interesting, disturbing, and highly enjoyable to read. He translates the standard 12-step narrative into his trademarked Brand comedic spin, such as with step 1) are you a bit fucke Conceptually, there is nothing new here. But that’s not really the point. What is here is a beautifully personal distillation of the standard 12-step program for addiction, given by a very intelligent and insightful man in a deeply honest and human way. Brand’s viewpoint of the world and his path through addiction is interesting, disturbing, and highly enjoyable to read. He translates the standard 12-step narrative into his trademarked Brand comedic spin, such as with step 1) are you a bit fucked? And, on it goes from there. But, there is a genuine belief in his words… I truly believe that the 12-step program saved this man’s life, and for that reason alone this was worth reading.
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  • Deimantė Kazlauskaitė
    January 1, 1970
    you don't have to be an addict to enjoy and gain wisdom from this book. The book reminded me that we, the people, are not perfect and we all have our stories, problems and flaws. The key message I took from this book is that I am in charge of my own life, and blaming others will not get me anywhere...
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  • Mohammad Sadeq
    January 1, 1970
    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this.I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and other stuff too!
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  • Trevor Twohig
    January 1, 1970
    A realistic and honest approach to finally conquering our addictions
  • Necia
    January 1, 1970
    I like Russel Brand and his way of thinking and communicating. Highly recommend for a down-to-earth look at recovery from addiction.
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